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Boys shortlist - help!

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Ipanema01 Mon 25-Jul-16 08:33:10

Long time lurker and going around in circles with these names, with two weeks to go - help!
We already have a Rafe.

Scout (aware this is slightly silly)

OH likes Arlo best but I am hearing it constantly lately and don't want something super popular.


SteviebunsBottrittrundle Mon 25-Jul-16 08:36:24

Otis or Arthur go best with Rafe I think. They are also lovely names. smile

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 25-Jul-16 08:36:46

I like Otto.

I like Fox but not sure of the reality of a little boy/man called Fox.

Wolf (Wolfgang or Wulfric)?

MotherFlippinRhymnocerous Mon 25-Jul-16 08:37:01

Otis sounds really cool with Rafe.

lornathewizzard Mon 25-Jul-16 08:39:00

I like Arlo, Otis and Arthur.
And Scout does sound silly, sorry.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 25-Jul-16 08:40:52

Scout is sillyhmm have you read your list

Ipanema01 Mon 25-Jul-16 08:44:17

Haha! Thanks sonlypuppyfat flowers

Sophronia Mon 25-Jul-16 08:48:15

Otis, Otto or Rudy.

How about Rex, Rory or Jude?

mistletoe1 Mon 25-Jul-16 08:58:19

Wilfred is on my shortlist - love it (gives child lots of options for shortening - Wilf, Will, Fred, Freddie). Also love Arlo but a family member has already used it.

Also on our list are Edwin, Orson and Eli.

HettyB Mon 25-Jul-16 10:44:23

Otto, Rudy or Fox. I wish I was brave enough to use them - I think they're fab!

I think my favourite combo is Rafe and Rudy, but you might not want the same initial.

AprilShowers16 Mon 25-Jul-16 10:48:50

I think Scout is most commonly associated as a girls name. From your list I like Arthur best

Can I ask what reactions you get to Rafe? It's currently our too choice for baby boy due any day but DH keeps changing his mind and saying it might be better to go with something more classic (prob Samuel)

Ipanema01 Mon 25-Jul-16 10:57:59

Thanks all - helpful!
I think I've looked at them all for so long I've lost it smile
Aprilshowers16 I love Rafe and he's such a cool little thing. Lots of people have never heard of it and some have heard of Ralph Fiennes/Rafe Spall connection. Some want to pronounce it Rafi but I haven't heard anything negative (not to my face anyway!)
I've heard it mentioned on name boards more lately but I've only met one other little boy in real life.

daisypond Mon 25-Jul-16 11:33:13

I know a Fox - now in his early 20s. The original TV series of The X Files (Fox Mulder) had a lot to do with it. I see Scout as a girl's name, too (from To Kill A Mockingbird) but I think it's nice as a boy's name as well. I like Wilfred and Arthur from your list too.

CakeRattleandRoll Mon 25-Jul-16 16:19:23

Love Otis, goes well with Rafe.
Also like Arthur and Wilfred.
Arlo reminds me of Harlow in Essex. I would also assume Scout was a girl.

AspiringMother Tue 26-Jul-16 21:48:57

Arlo and Rudy are nice names.

winewolfhowls Tue 26-Jul-16 22:28:38

I'm afraid I'm of an age to think otis the aardvark from children's TV. I like Rory suggested upthread and Arthur.

SunglassesPink Wed 27-Jul-16 01:52:01

I like Arthur (although I know many little ones!) and Wilfred.

Pipilangstrumpf Wed 27-Jul-16 07:04:37

Otis and Orson go really well with Rafe!

septembersunshine Wed 27-Jul-16 10:44:51

Arlo, Arthur or Rudy for me I think! I tend to like the classics though so would never dream of going for Fox or Scout. I feel your pain op, we have a baby boy due next month and naming is super tricky!

Rafe is very cool. Wilfred just can't compete with that at all. He would feel hard done by. Rafe and Rudy or Rafe and Arlo... just because Arthur is almost a different style/feel of name. BUT, it's still a strong choice. If he looked kind of serious and grand I would go for Arthur over any other name.

Ipanema01 Wed 27-Jul-16 11:54:14

Thanks all for the input - it's such a big decision for me and I do find boys names so tricky. I do love the sound of Arlo, though as it's becoming more popular and as its quite a new name its at the risk of being trendy, as opposed to Arthur which is super popular atm but couldn't really sound faddy as its more classical, I guess.
I really like Otis. I really really like Rudy, but could it sound chavvy to have a Rafe and a Rudy?! Argh! I think I need to wait until he arrives confused

Ipanema01 Wed 27-Jul-16 11:56:39

Thanks for the suggestions given, I like Rex and Jude but know friends who have already used them. I think Jude is a bit similar to Arlo atm in terms of having a popular moment.

LemonBreeland Wed 27-Jul-16 11:58:09

Arlo - good
Otis - not keen
Rudy - Spelt Rudi it is a good name
Fox - no
Otto - Good
Scout - girls name
Wilfred - old
Arthur - boring

Alyx80 Wed 27-Jul-16 13:22:21

I love Otto, it was on our list.

Izzyathome Thu 28-Jul-16 04:44:41

We had so many of these on our boy list. Otis nn. Otto, then Arthur, then Wilfred. Rafe and Otto is perfect! I'd put Arlo in 4th place but I know soo many of them have been put off slightly.

Raines100 Thu 28-Jul-16 06:48:14

Love Rafe!
Of your list, I think Arlo goes best and is nicest.
Scout is a girl's name, Otis was an aardvark when I was a kid, Otto and Wilfred and Arthur aren't my thing- Saxons and Viking with beards and horned helmets.
Quite like Fox, but you'd have to be brave.
Rudy- this sounds very 1950s American to me. Not sure it crosses the pond too well.
Rafe Spall was name for a character in The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Another character was Jasper.
Tadhg (pronounced like the first syllable of tiger, I believe) Raul, Orson, Conan, Rory/Ruairi??

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